Roy Ashburn represents the residents of the 18th Senate District, which includes Kern, Tulare, Inyo and San Bernardino Counties. The Republican legislator was first elected to the Legislature's upper house in 2002. Ashburn brings a wealth of experience to the Capitol having previously worked as a State Assemblyman for six years and a Kern County Supervisor for 12 years.
Senator Ashburn currently serves as the Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Defense and Aerospace Industry. Ashburn, whose district includes a large number of military installations from Edwards Air Force Base to the China Lake Naval Weapons Center, is leading the fight to protect local communities against the devastating effects of base closures. Ashburn also serves as Vice Chair of Public Employees and Retirement, a key committee this year as Governor Schwarzenegger makes pension reform a key priority for his Administration. Additionally, Ashburn presides over the Rules, Appropriations, Government Modernization, Efficiency & Accountability, and Transportation & Housing committees.
While in the Capitol, Ashburn has tackled a number of important issues facing local families. His legislative efforts have focused on creating jobs and boosting economic development, reforming California's welfare system, reducing crime and increasing public safety, cutting taxes and restoring the ability of local governments to oversee their own affairs. Ashburn has also pioneered California's effort in developing a vaccine to eradicate Valley Fever, a sometimes-deadly lung disease prominent in the Southwestern United States.
Ashburn's legislative highlights include:
- After-school day care funding legislation to fix Proposition 49
- “Dylan’s Law” to ensure that dangerous juvenile felons receive appropriate sentences for their crimes.
- “Trustline” legislation to ensure that state-paid daycare providers complete full background checks before children are placed in their care.
- "Valley Fever Vaccine Legislation," provides funding to eradicate the deadly disease.
- "Welfare-to-Work Act of 1997," which replaced California's broken welfare system with work requirements, time limits and personal responsibility.
- "ERAF Reform," a measure that would force the state to return more local property tax dollars to cities and counties.
Senator Ashburn has a degree in Public Administration from California State University, Bakersfield and attended College of the Sequoias in Visalia. He is the father of four daughters, Shelley, Shannon, Stacy and Suzannah.